If dogs swallow too much sand whilst playing on the beach, this can cause a build-up of sand to occur in the stomach and intestines which may act as a blockage and/or irritant to the gastro-intestinal tract.
Vomiting and diarrhoea, often containing sand, can give us a clue to the cause of illness and sometimes it’s possible to feel sand crunching within the stomach when we examine the abdomen of an affected dog.
Treatment can include intravenous fluid therapy to prevent dehydration and liquid paraffin to ease the passage of sand through the intestines.
Prevention is always better than cure, so we recommend if you throw a ball for your dog on the beach, that you avoid the dry sand altogether and choose the wet, compacted sand for your game instead, since this is much less likely to stick to the ball.
Also bear in mind how long you play for, since it’s inevitable your dog will swallow some sand from the ball even if you do take this precaution.